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about us

We’re a disruptive army of young people fighting to elect Progressives and bend the establishment to the will of the people. 

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Solomon

Solomon Rajput is a 28-year-old medical student who took a leave of absence to run for US Congress because he was #DoneWaiting on our politicians to act.

 

He ran as a Progressive for US Congress in Michigan's 12th Congressional District. Done Waiting emerged as the natural successor of the campaign. Now, Solomon is the Chair of Done Waiting, and he is continuing to fight for Progressive values across our country.  

His top 5 policies are:​

  • A Green New Deal

  • Making College Free and Eliminating Student Debt

  • Medicare for All

  • Getting Corporate Money out of Politics

  • Racial Justice-- Black Lives Matter

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our promise

  • We promise never to refuse to endorse a candidate solely based on who their opponent is. We will not ignore progressives in tough races against powerful people -- many times these are the most important races to be won. If a candidate reflects Done Waiting’s values and has a shot in their race, we will do everything in our power to support you until you reach Capitol Hill.

  • We promise that we will publicly rescind our endorsement if we see that a candidate we previously endorsed has backed an establishment candidate over a progressive, compromised on their values, or taken a cent of corporate money. 

  • We promise to only endorse candidates who seek to advance the movement as a whole, and who have demonstrated an immovable commitment to all of Done Waiting’s core values. We will also refuse to endorse people who consistently back establishment candidates over progressive challengers.

WHAT IS DONE WAITING?

Done Waiting is a disruptive army of young people fighting to elect Progressives and bend the establishment to the will of the people.

 

We are an entirely volunteer-run organization and we are using our immense people power to endorse progressive candidates across the country. We will help them win by making hundreds of thousands of calls for them. We will also use our army to pressure centrist politicians so they start valuing basic human rights over the will of corporations and the elite.

 

We are using our working class platform to educate the youth on the untold people’s history rather than the narrative pushed by the ruling class, and we advocate for candidates and policies that defend the interests of ordinary people.

 

We are sick and tired of being told to wait for changes that are long overdue. We are Done Waiting.

Here are our top five polices: 

  • Green New Deal

  • Racial Justice 

  • Medicare for All 

  • Debt Free College 

  • No Corporate Money in Politics

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Our Story

On August 4th, 2020 we lost a battle, but not the war. 

 

Solomon Rajput for U.S Congress, a scrappy grassroots campaign, was founded on the radical belief that all people deserve basic human rights. Right away, our working class platform and innovative outreach inspired young activists across the country and the campaign swelled into an army of 400 young leftists and progressives volunteering 8-15 hours every week. This unprecedented army was the largest ever seen for a congressional challenger in a primary, and though we fell short of swinging Michigan’s 12th District away from an entrenched corporate incumbent, we vow that this once-in-a-lifetime movement we created will only be the beginning. 

 

Because when a campaign becomes a movement, we truly cannot lose. 

 

How can hundreds of young people making hundreds of thousands of calls and sending hundreds of thousands of texts be viewed as a failure? The only failure would be to disband such a passionate group of activists and organizers united in fighting for progressive values. Once the passionate activists on Solomon Rajput for U.S. Congress decided they were Done Waiting on real change and political courage, they quickly promised to never go back to supporting the harmful status quo. Within a week of the 2020 primary election, they held a campaign wide call and started organizing what will be a huge, disruptive grassroots army of young people dedicated to defending the interests of ordinary people and enacting urgent systemic change.

 

It was Civil Rights Leader Fannie Lou Hammer who said “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired”. 

 

We are sick and tired of being told there is an expiration date for our ideas, when the only expiration date we should be worried about is the one that comes with catastrophic climate change. We are sick and tired of being told that things simply cannot change and the status quo is good enough for us, when people are dying from preventable diseases like poverty and police brutality. We are sick and tired of billionaires quickly becoming trillionaires by squashing our already inadequate standard of living, and we are sick and tired of corporate politicians selling out their values and their constituents for campaign donations and a shallow career.

 

That’s why we are proud to introduce Done Waiting.

 

Done Waiting is a disruptive grassroots army that focuses its unprecedented people power to elect Progressives and bend the establishment to the will of the people. We are an entirely volunteer-run organization and we are quickly building manpower consisting of hundreds of youth activists fighting to have our voices heard. We are not only committed to making hundreds of thousands of calls for progressive candidates who receive our endorsement, but we also plan on using our manpower to pressure centrist legislators to support progressive policies. As organizers, our most valuable resources are our people and our compelling message. Done Waiting is mobilizing an army of young, energized, passionate, and bold progressives and leftists eager to canvass, send texts, call voters, and fight the uphill battles of winning elections and advocating for deep systemic change. The fight to make democracy work for us is way bigger than one election or one battle. We are Done Waiting and we hope you will join us. 

 

Sincerely,

the movement

Our TEAM

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Akshita Verma

Vice Chair

Hi! I’m a 26-year-old Michigander, intersectional feminist, grassroots organizer, and Co-Founder and Vice-Chair of Done Waiting. I believe that all people deserve basic human rights like housing, food, water, and healthcare, without having to worry about how they are going to pay for it. The sad fact is that, in our country, the establishment and the elite have convinced many that basic human rights are a radical idea. But what if we can change that? What if we can create an unprecedented people powered movement that is adaptable and efficient, and harnesses our labor with laser-like focus to topple institutionalized harm?

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Vik Mehan 

National Field Director 

I am exceptionally passionate about Done Waiting because, in my experience, many of the maladies that afflict our people are the results of systemic inequalities which have remained intransigent and unmoving, and I know we need real progressive leadership that will finally overhaul and reform our institutions. I think that this organization has the potential to help instate the change we need. Some of the biggest things I am done waiting for are racial and economic justice, and Medicare for All.

Sara Desvergunat

Social Media Director 

I am working for Done Waiting because I personally want to be part and take a hand in the change this country so desperately needs. The issues most pressing in this country personally affect me as well as my friends and family  and they will certainly affect my future. I am done waiting for racial and economic equity in the form of exhaustive police reform, Medicare for all, and a green New Deal.

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Colvin Larance

National Operations Director

I joined Done Waiting for a number of reasons. First, our revolutionary model has allowed me to build relationships with passionate people across the country that show up day after day to make this nation better for all. Second, I was tired of watching other progressive advocacy organizations capitulate to the political establishment and settle for incrementalism during a time of existential crises. I am Done Waiting for universal healthcare and bold climate policy. Both will lift up marginalized communities and ensure a healthy existence for future generations.

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Tony DiMeglio

National Graphics Director

I am a university student from Michigan, serving as the National Graphics Director for Done Waiting. After seeing how electoral politics is conducted in America, I knew I needed to get involved. I have been apart of various campaigns and political organizations to work towards making a difference; to help enact real change that this country so desperately needs. I am done waiting for our elected leaders to actually fight for the future of the American people.

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Alex Dumont

National Communications Director 

As Communications Director, I am responsible for facilitating Done Waiting’s contact and messaging with the press and general public. I joined Done Waiting because I believe that we desperately need to address the climate crisis.

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Alec Schlotterback

Reddit Director 

I joined Done Waiting because I was sick of feeling helpless while watching everything that has happened in 2020. I was sick of watching the rich and powerful play games with each other while offering nothing but performances and platitudes to average people. I want to see a government that works for the people. I want to see a healthcare system that doesn’t leave people in never-ending debt. I want to see the same for the education system. I want to see the Green New Deal get passed so we can actually really try and fight climate change. I want to see a system that is built to work for those that need assistance, not the most rich and powerful people in the country.

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Emma Fagan

National Strategic Relations Director

I joined Done Waiting because I found myself increasingly enraged (and terrified) about who holds the power in this "democracy". I wanted to be involved with an organization that centers working people and mobilizes groups to fight for massive policy changes. I'm completely invested in all of the focuses of Done Waiting, and I want to see a Green New Deal passed in the next few years. Issues like voter suppression, universal healthcare, and getting corporate money out of politics are also very important to me.

Shoshana Weinstein

National Onboarding Director 

I’m part of the Done Waiting team because I want to see my values- justice, equity, etc- enacted in our policy. By working to build an organization that supports and elects progressives, I believe that myself and other young people can exercise power within our electoral system and materialize the change we want together. I want to see Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and abolition of the prison industrial complex accomplished by our national government. The time for sitting idle on the sidelines is over. It's time to get involved.  

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Suzi Goebel 

Twitter Director 

I joined Done Waiting because the progressive movement I experienced during Solomon’s campaign started to restore my faith in politics again. As a queer woman growing up in conservative Texas, it’s always been frustrating trying to push for serious reforms while at the same time having to defend my own fundamental rights. Done Waiting is a safe space and a welcoming community that’s helped me realize my own potential and come to see that I’m not alone in this fight. I hope to see this organization grow and help elect real progressives to Congress to ensure a sustainable, equitable future for our generation with Medicare For All, College For All, and the Green New Deal.

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Rachel Fagan

National Policy Director

My name is Rachel Fagan and I am currently a junior at the University of Michigan, studying political science and international studies, and I have the position of national policy director. I joined done waiting because I believe it is extremely important to meaningfully fight for the change you want to see. I also joined because after working on several campaigns, I realized that often times big endorsement organizations do not provide much help to candidates other than a public announcement. This is why I love the model of done waiting because we are not only endorsing but actively participating -- we are seeking out and supporting true progressives who will work hard to get sweeping climate, health care, higher education, campaign finance, and racial justice legislation passed.

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Salem Gebru

National Human Resources Director

I worked on Solomon’s Campaign as a phone banker first, then fellow manager and I loved being a part of a movement that was making a change. Although it didn’t work out the way we wanted it to, we still accomplished a lot and I wanted to take this opportunity to do even more. Especially as a 16 year old, I don’t have many chances to contribute to politics beyond educating family and friends, so the fact that I’m able to be a part of an organization that will have a more direct impact on our government is amazing. Some policies in particular that I would like to see go through are Medicare for All Act, the College for All Act, and a Green New Deal. 

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Claire Nelson

Instagram Director 

I joined Done Waiting because I believe this organization will profoundly better America. Done Waiting champions bold solutions to our country’s greatest issues. I am captivated by this organization’s vision of a world in which the rapidly changing climate is properly addressed, Black people are treated with justice, students graduate debt free, healthcare is universal, and corporations don’t corrode our political system. In the future, I hope this organization succeeds in making that vision a reality.

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Toj Singh

National Social Media Recruitment Director

 

My name is Amitoj Singh and I'm 28 years old. I joined Done Waiting because I want to help fight for progressive ideals such as medicare for all. The cost of healthcare in this country is outrageous and I'm fighting because I believe healthcare is a human right and nobody should be going bankrupt because of medical debt.